Indigenous peoples development in Lake Sebu

The Indigenous Peoples Development Programme (IPDP): Lake Sebu, Philippines

Mindanao is known for its colourful indigenous cultural traditions and natural resources. The indigenous peoples of the T’boli and Ubo tribes make up 55 per cent of Lake Sebu’s population.

The indigenous peoples (IPs) of the T’boli and Ubo tribes make up 55 per cent of Lake Sebu’s population. Unfortunately, many are poor. The IPs especially in remote villages, do not have access to socio-economic and political opportunities and services, including health and education. While entry of businesses into Lake Sebu promise jobs, most T’bolis and Ubos do not benefit. Many have lost their lands as they become indebted to meet basic needs.

The ILO, in partnership with the Embassy of Finland, Manila has been in 18 barangays (communities) in Lake Sebu since 2006. The two work with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the tribal populations to title the lands through Certificates of Ancestral Domain Claims (CADC) through community-driven participation. The project looks at strengthening the T’boli and Ubo women and men through understanding and protection of their rights, improved employment opportunities through traditional livelihoods, social protection, and a sustainable mechanism for participation in making decisions.

For further information please contact:

ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila)
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RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue
1200 Makati City, Philippines
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